Comment: Simpson Desert French Line

Hi,planning to cross simpson desert (french line) on july. Is that a good time for it or?Will be travelling from Melbourne.
thanks
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Reply By: george50 - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 21:53

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 21:53
It's ideal weather wise if there's been no heavy rain , check first, or you'll have long detours around the "dry" lakebeds , east to west most sandhills are not as steep. By the way , lash down all gear well and use quality storage , our group first trip regretted using cheap plastic boxes and homemade racks.
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Reply By: 08crd - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 22:44

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 22:44
I found the Simpson a great trip, west to east.
It was well signposted and heaps of traffic, it was hard to believe you were in the middle of nowhere.
Just ensure you are prepared and the car is reliable, breakdown recovery is expensive.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 03:38

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 03:38
Our first was also a west to east. Purnie - WAA - Lone Gum - Knolls - French - QAA and out. Didn't see a car for the first two days. Just us on our own and the Simpson. Lots of flowers. Gotta go back. Also in August.

Phil
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Follow Up By: 08crd - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 13:33

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 13:33
That's the same route we took, the WAA line was quiet. But once up onto the French line, it was like a motorway.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 14:09

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 14:09
From memory I think that we only met two groups on the whole QAA line before Big Red. And that place was crowded though. Even had a bus up the top with a bunch of lookers on. We gave it a miss.

Hate crowds and that is what is so appealing about the deserts.

Phil
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Reply By: Mark T6 - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 17:04

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 17:04
Def lash your gear down, I installed a set of Black Widow drawers, put in a fridge slide and had a set of 3 strong plastic boxes held tight with ratchet straps in the back of my Prado.

Bloody pleased I did as those Dunes are bouncy.

We went over just after agroup of 21 T-Vans, who had scalloped out the dunes and made it very hard going....anything not tied down was in trouble!!

Great trip though, must do it again one day
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Reply By: BAD4B - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 07:40

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 07:40
Thank you so much to everyone for taking the time to share your advice and experience. Planning to travel with single car(well equipped) and 2 experienced drivers.
For first timers we all worry about how much fuel we need.My question is how much wood needs to be carry? Do i need my chainsaw?
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 08:13

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 08:13
No need for a chainsaw, as you will pick up enough wood along the way, or bring a bag of wood with you.

There are no wood fires or firewood collection in Witjira National park anyway.

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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 08:31

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 08:31
As Jeff said, no need for a chain saw. We also carry two or three bags from home with us.

Any off cuts (no paint, nails or screws) or leftovers go in a pile which I cut up and bag for future trips. I have wood from an old black wattle from our back yard that needs splitting and bagging as well. You can see the white bags on the roof rack. I haven't spent any money on camp fire cooking wood for the last three years. for cooking we only use one bag a week. Especially the black wattle.

Phil
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Reply By: Mark T6 - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 08:22

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 08:22
Yep we ALL worry about fuel....probably depends on the vehicle BUT I have a 150 Prado, with a 150 litre tank.

Carried 2 jerries on the roof and poured them in as quickly as I could to get the weight off.

When I got to Birdsville I could have gone over half way back.....I think I used 127 of the available 190

BUT conditions can change so always good to have a back up
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Reply By: BAD4B - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:45

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:45
Also im planning to buy set of tyres for my Landcruiser.315 75r16 size. I have been using mickey thompson baja claws. Probably for a long trip mickey mtz baja's will be better.or any other recommendations?
Thanks
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